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Post Reciting "Ozymandias"
Created by John Eipper on 10/04/19 3:38 AM

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Reciting "Ozymandias" (David Duggan, USA, 10/04/19 3:38 am)

Does Shelley's "Ozymandias" count?  "I met a traveler from an antique land..." It's only an Alexandrian sonnet but the rhyme scheme and phrasing that runs over the versification make it challenging.

JE comments: "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"  "Ozymandias" turned 200 last year (1818-2018) and we missed the anniversary.  Too bad:  has there ever been a more profound reflection on hubris and the folly of empire?

David, you've been press-ganged into reciting it at the next WAIS conference.  Enrique Torner gave me a great idea:  poetry recitations at the opening cocktail!  I'll do the 20th century's greatest tribute to the flâneur: Pablo Neruda's "Walking Around."  Who else will perform?

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  • "Ode to The Last King of Scotland" (Timothy Ashby, Spain 10/06/19 6:45 AM)
    Here's my contribution to the WAIS Poetry festival:

    "Ode to The Last King of Scotland"

    You may speak of days of glory

    In tropic countries green

    But have you heard the story of

    His Lordship, Duke Amin?

    He was a man of greatness

    As plain it is to see

    He gave himself the Iron Cross

    And an Ivory VC.

    He savoured foods of haute cuisine

    And frowned on social slips

    Whilst munching ripe bananas

    And greasy fish and chips.

    A connoisseur of history

    Was Idi Amin too

    And listeners would tremble when

    He spoke of Waterloo.

    "Now Gen'ral Lee was here," he'd say,

    "But Rommel moved too slow,

    And so de Duke if Wellington won,

    De Battle of Jericho."

    But, alas, he is no more my friends,

    He partook too much of Scotch,

    And found himself on a firing range

    Facing the Black Watch.

    His name will live for ages

    And never be forgot',

    Inscribed in works of history,

    The famous, Idi-it.

    JE comments:   Brilliant, Tim!  You're on the program--but no reading allowed.  Must be recited from the heart.

    And how, by Jove, did you settle on Idi Amin as the subject of this ode?  Perhaps it's part of a larger opus on genocidal madmen?  Come to think of it, a lot rhymes with Pol Pot, too--thought, rot, naught, polyglot.  A more challenging one:  Ceausescu.

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